A community of active researchers, dedicated teachers and excellent students makes up the Department of Computer Science at Clarkson University. Together, we pursue, develop and acquire the knowledge and skills that are necessary in a world that relies critically on computer technology. Faculty, undergraduates and graduate students in the department perform research in a wide range of areas spanning theory, artificial intelligence, security, software, systems and networks. A quick overview of research done in the department can be found here.

Whether you're earning a BS, master’s or PhD in computer science at Clarkson, you will get hands-on experience developing software and software systems, incorporating aspects such as design, theory and application. This is done both inside and outside the classroom. For example, our department is home to Clarkson's famous COSI (Clarkson Open Source Institute) Lab — an environment for open-source projects.

Undergraduate students can pursue a BS in computer science. Through coursework, access to laboratories and research with faculty, undergrads cover areas including computer networks and operating systems, cryptography and cybersecurity, algorithms and formal aspects of computation, virtual reality and human-computer interaction, and software verification.

Graduate students in the master’s or PhD in computer science or the new master's in Cybersecurity programs benefit from an interdisciplinary format. The MS program is offered jointly with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

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Clarkson University students are highly sought after and our placement rates prove it. During the academic year, we have 150+ Career Fair attendees each Spring, 180+ Career Fair Attendees every fall! The Career Center encourages students to connect as early as possible to begin setting yourself up for success.


of students decide to continue their education in various post secondary programs.


of our graduates seek alternative positions like the military.

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